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A bicycle tour with a food twist designed to promote greener energy is to take place this weekend.

Electric bicycle company E-Tour Adventures, a specialist in electric cycle tours, has teamed up with solar energy company BeSolar to help promote alternative energy sources in line with BeSolar's plan for better energy production.

Mohamed Hamza of E-Tour Adventures said: “The event is targeted at everyone because it is very important we don't fall into the trap of relying on another carbon-based fuel for the next 20 to 30 years.

“We are doing this to raise awareness. Both E-Tours and BeSolar are directly linked with sustainability.

“We are trying to shift the mindset in the same way that they are, so it is a suitable direction for us to partner off each other in that regard.”

Participants will be encouraged to discuss energy alternatives during lunch and later around a camp fire.

They will also be able to sign a form for the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda to say what kind of energy they want to see in Bermuda.

There are also template forms with a series of energy options that participants can choose to back.

The tour will start opposite Grotto Bay Hotel in Hamilton Parish on Sunday at 4.30pm and will head to The Wharf restaurant in St George's for lunch.

Cyclists will go on to nearby Tobacco Bay where there will be a campfire discussion with hot drinks and snacks until 10pm.

BeSolar commissioned sustainability engineering firm Etude to create a plan for green energy.

The Bermuda Better Energy Plan proposed a combination of solar panels and offshore wind turbines to reduce reliance on oil-fired energy production.

E-Tour Adventures was launched last summer by Michael Paynter and Luke Lindo, who said it was planned to open an electric bicycle dealership featuring bikes from California based company Pedego next year.

Mr Lindo said the bicycles are good for the environment, help to promote healthier living and cost less to run than a motorcycle or car.

He added: “Since I started with E-bikes I have probably lost 20lb it's gone and it's not coming back.

“I feel like I have so much more energy — I feel like I am 16 again not 26. It has changed my life.

“And for 10 cents of charging you can do 20 miles worth of riding without pedalling.”

E-Tour Adventures won the top prize in the Tourism category of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation's Rocket Pitch competition earlier this month.

Tickets for the tour are $75 and include a rental bike, helmets and safety lights.

For people with their own bike and equipment, the cost is $35.

The tour is free to anyone who wants to join in without the food option.

Anyone interested in taking part should e-mail etourbda@gmail.com

UPDATE: This article has been amended to reflect that Mohamed Hamza is an employee of E-Tour Adventures, not CEO as reported. In addition, the company is joint-owned by Michael Paynter and Luke Lindo, not Luke Lindo alone as at first reported. We apologise for the errors.

Mohamed Hamza, left, and Luke Lindo of E-Tour Adventures are organising a culinary cycling tour to promote the Bermuda Better Energy Plan. (Photograph by Akil Simmons) (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Mohamed Hamza, left, and Luke Lindo of E-Tour Adventures are organising a culinary cycling tour to promote the Bermuda Better Energy Plan. (Photograph by Akil Simmons) (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published November 21, 2018 at 10:10 am (Updated November 21, 2018 at 9:34 pm)

Bicycle tour will promote green energy

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